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This naturally formed pool was scooped out of the lava by large and relentless surf. There is no coral reef offshore, so large waves from the North Pacific pound this area in the winter.  On calm days at low tide, this pool is a great place to swim, but with high surf it is a great place to avoid, as it gets so violent that you can't even tell that there is a pool here at all! To make this photograph, I waited for the first rays of light to hit the distant mountains before taking this shot just after a wave had mixed up the water.

This naturally formed pool was scooped out of the lava by large and relentless surf. There is no coral reef offshore, so large waves from the North Pacific pound this area in the winter. On calm days at low tide, this pool is a great place to swim, but with high surf it is a great place to avoid, as it gets so violent that you can't even tell that there is a pool here at all! To make this photograph, I waited for the first rays of light to hit the distant mountains before taking this shot just after a wave had mixed up the water.

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